SPRAGUE, Wash. -- Family and friends gathered in Sprague Thursday night to remember a local soldier killed in Afghanistan.
Justin Clouse, 22, was one of five U.S. troops killed in an apparent friendly fire incident. The Special Forces soldiers were taking heavy rocket fire from the Taliban in Southern Afghanistan when they called for air support. The airstrike ended up hitting them instead.
Thursday, around 100 people gathered in the center of town to honor Justin’s life.
Ribbons and American flags were placed around the entire town of Sprague. Lincoln County Fire District 1 crews also brought out their fire apparatus to show support along with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.
Friends who knew Justin said he will be missed and the vigil was all about showing their support for his family.
“You know, you hear about it happening to other people. You hear about it--it’s kind of like, ‘no it never happens. It’s not supposed to happen,’” said one woman at the vigil.
Friends also said Clouse was the type of person who ‘went all out’ in everything he did.
Justin Clouse's body was returned to the United States earlier on Thursday. His family was in Dover, Delaware to receive him.